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Worldwide Gear Manufacturers
My Terra Nova Laser tent which I purchased from the UK, is made in Vietnam!

In GEAR » Worldwide Gear Manufacturers
May 11, 4:54pm

Terra Nova Tents
I purchased my Laser directly from Terra Nova. They were very helpful in the process and the tent arrived in 5 days. Unfortunately, the US dollar's value against the British Pound is not good...

In GEAR » Terra Nova Tents
May 05, 11:35am

Nunatak Skaha vs BPL Cocoon 60
Another vote for the Skaha. I have the hooded version with handwarmer pockets as well as the BPL hooded Cocoon. I don't think their warmth is even close as the Skaha dominates. Keep in mind,...

In GEAR » Nunatek Shaka plus vs. BPL Cocoon 60
April 22, 6:46pm

Backpacking Lantern
I've tried a few of the alternatives mentioned above. First, I have a Brunton "Glorb" which like all LED's, gives off a "cold" light. I've also tried lanterns usin...

In GEAR » Backpacking lantern?
April 22, 11:39am

Titanium vs Aluminum
I'm sure you will get a number of "scientific" responses to this question, but it may come down to price, weight and personal preference. I have a variety of titanium pots (yes, I ad...

In GEAR » Titanium vs. Aluminum
April 22, 11:26am

Terra Nova Tents
According to Terra Nova, they are in the process of establishing retailers for their products in the US. Prolite says they have been working with Terra Nova. My Laser should arrive on Monday!

In GEAR » Terra Nova Tents
April 18, 7:27pm

Terra Nova Tents
Thanks to everyone for all your comments. Martin, thanks especially for all your comments and photos. Doing that takes a bit of time and I do appreciate it. I think I've decided to "bit...

In GEAR » Terra Nova Tents
April 15, 5:12pm

Terra Nova Tents
Thanks for those questions to Martin, Franco. Since I am considering selling my Akto and investing in a Terra Nova, I planned to ask those questions myself. I am especially interested in the cond...

In GEAR » Terra Nova Tents
April 14, 6:52pm

Terra Nova Tents
I am looking at the lightweight Terra Nova tents (Laser, Laser Competition, Photon) and wonder if anyone has any experience or advice about these tents for lightweight backpacking. Also, does anyo...

In GEAR » Terra Nova Tents
April 14, 10:52am

Re: What happens to merino wool washed in permanent press cycle
My wife and I have been washing our Icebreaker merino wool t-shirts in cold water, permanent press cycle with regular detergent (Arm & Hammer unscented)for 2 years now. We dry flat per the ins...

In GEAR » What happens to a Merino Wool Tshirt thrown into the permanent press wash cycle?
April 03, 1:36pm

All Reader Reviews by James Loy

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Big Agnes Insulated Air Core Pad
Like it or not, I usually end up spending a good bit of the night sleeping on my back, which means my shoulders & elbows are on the ground. The height from my torso to where my arms touch the gro...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
October 08, 11:44am

Patagonia DAS Parka
Whoa, did I miss something? Are we only supposed to offer reviews of lightweight gear? Although not a lightweight piece of gear, I have to give the above rating to a product that works as advertised...

In Clothing - Insulating - Synthetic (Polarguard, Primaloft, etc.)
April 02, 12:44pm

Nunatak Arc Alpinist
I wholly agree with all the accolades above. I just received my second Arc Alpinist (wife gets the prior one). I ordered the latest in Epic, 3 oz down overfill, and a length averaged between a regul...

In Sleeping Bags - Quilts & Top Bags
February 24, 4:56pm

Icebreaker Oasis Bodyfit 200 Tee
After purchasing one of these shirts in late 2006, I have found this shirt to be my "cast iron skillet" for spring, fall and winter trips in the mountains. I have even used it as a warm bas...

In Clothing - Baselayer & Fleece - WOOL
February 06, 1:09pm

Icebreaker Tech T Lite Superfine 140
I tried one of the superfine 140 Tees on a backpack in Canada's Kootenai Natl Park last August. The weather was everything from cold, wet and windy to humid and warm. I wore the shirt constantl...

In Clothing - Baselayer & Fleece - WOOL
February 06, 12:54pm

RailRiders Adventure Shirt
I used the Ecomesh shirt on a desert backpack in SE Utah in May of 2007, and found it absolutely superb for sun protection and comfort. I perspired heavily, but the shirt always dried during a short ...

In Clothing - Baselayer & Fleece - SYNTHETIC
February 06, 12:45pm

Icebreaker Balaclava Lite
I love Icebreaker products however I found the fit on this item disappointing. One size does not fit all! I spent an entire afternoon constantly pulling the fabric back up over my nose as the fit wa...

In Clothing - Headwear, Handwear
February 06, 12:36pm

Outdoor Research Seattle Sombrero
A great hat with only one exception: because the brim secures to the crown with velcro rather than a snap, expect the wind to blow the brim up and secure it to the velcro on the crown without you bei...

In Clothing - Headwear, Handwear
February 06, 12:31pm

PossumDown Beanie (BPL Gear Shop) Beanie
Because of all the hype about this product being so warm, I decided to order one in spite of the price. The beanie is well-made and a good fit, however I was extremely disappointed after wearing it i...

In Clothing - Headwear, Handwear
February 06, 12:23pm

Big Agnes
I returned a Seedhouse SL-1 tent that experienced a torn center pole loop about the 3rd or 4th time I set it up. I returned it to Big Agnes and they quickly replaced it with a new tent. When erectin...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
August 05, 2:36pm